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Old 12-09-2017, 03:37 PM   #51
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Originally Posted by woodman1 View Post
We purchased a new RW in fall of last year before it was acquired from Keystone. We inherited several build problems, some of which I fixed myself and others that required an RV technician. If you recall, THOR is a giant in the RV industry and owns Keystone and Crossroads, thus RW, plus many, many others. The original co-founders of THOR were Peter Orthwein and Wade Thompson. They were investors hedging their bets that when baby boomers were going to retire, they would purchase an RV. They were spot on. Thompson passed away and Robert Martin, former CEO of Keystone, stepped in and is now CEO of THOR. To most, it was a natural progression, since Keystone was one of the largest companies which THOR controlled. So now that Keystone has acquired RW, there are those which feel RW will become an inferior product. As noted, the RV industry is overall challenged with quality control. I think the RV build is more likened to the housing industry, both of which are experiencing a huge demand and suffering from quality control. Like homes, they are scratch built and use many pre-made components, employing many workers who are non-skilled. Labor shortages in Elkhart county, were near 20K, according to a published newspaper report in fall of 2017. This is all frustrating to the consumer and dealerships having to repair preventable problems. Subjecting RV's to road hazards, potholes, and bridge approachments, makes them even more vulnerable. One of the first things we did is to change the rims and tires to Goodyear G114's and last spring had MorRyde install their IS and disc brakes. I have the Trail-Aire flex hitch and religiously grease the 9 zerk fittings. I could not be happier with the whole system. Bottom line, I really like my RW, despite the initial flaws and all, it is still one of the classiest and well built 5th wheels in the market. The original discussion was that Keystone now manages RW. Acquisitions are now part of the landscape in the business industry, and it is bottom line driven. Like everything else in life, investigate and educate yourself before making any decisions. I don't think that just because Keystone acquired RW, that this should necessarily translate to more inferiority. It may make them more efficient and undoubtedly, also make them a better stock investment, after all, now that many of us are retired, I like to see my stock portfolio improve. lol

That said, we just traveled another 3000 miles over the last 3 weeks with our '17 RW in tow and considering all the road hazards and weather changes we experienced, it fared extremely well. It's a keeper!
Well stated. Thanks.
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2016 Silverado 3500 HD, High Country DRW diesel, 3.73 gear ratio, long bed, 25K Reese Elite removable hitch with 2013 Redwood 36RL with 17.5" H-rated tires and MOR/ryde heavy duty shackle links and bushings; 6.5 KW gen
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Old 04-11-2018, 04:02 PM   #52
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Can you tell me exactly where the rain was coming in on the bedroom slide? cause we have aquired a leak on the right side of the bed slide out too, and i'm hoping that i found the issue.
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The water leak was on the seam where the 5 inch flange comes in contact with the outside wall on each slide out. The flange is screwed in place and then sealed with a silicone caulk. There was a very small void where the caulk wasn't adequately applied and that's where all the moisture was seeping in. When we got a driving rain, we noticed it more. The service tech said that RW was notorious in not properly sealing these at the factory, but I don't know if I buy that it's just RW. We initially inspected all the gaskets and found them to be functional, so it was puzzling. Easy fix you can do yourself, in fact, I now diligently look at any seam and then add silicone wherever I see even a potential void.
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